McGill Faculty Affiliate: Brendan S. Gillon

Brendan S. Gillon received an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, an MA in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in philosophy from MIT. After teaching philosophy at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, he now a member of McGill University's Department of Linguistics and an associate of its Department of Philosophy. His research is divided between natural language semantics, Sanskrit linguistics and the history of logic and metaphysics in India; and he has published extensively in all of these areas. He is the co-editor of Semantics: A Reader (OUP, 2004) and the editor of Logic in Early Classical India (Motilal Banarsidass, 2010).

Publications

Edited Books

2010 Logic in early classical India (with a 25 page introduction). Motilal Banarsidass (Delhi, India), 202 pages.

2004 (invited) (with Steven Davis) Semantics: a reader (with a 130 page introduction). Oxford University Press, 960 pages.


Articles

In press (refereed) Optional complements of English verbs and adjectives. In: Verb concepts: cognitive science perspectives on verb representation and processing (Oxford University Press, edited by Roberto De Almeida and Christina Manouilidou).

In press (refereed) The model theory for words with context-sensitive implicit arguments. In: Context-Dependence, Perspective and Relativity (Mouton De Gruyter, edited by François Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic and Neftali Villanueva).

In press (refereed) French relational words, context sensitivity and implicit arguments. In: Making Semantics Pragmatic (Elsevier Science, edited by Ken Turner).

2010 Obversion and contraposition in the Nyāyabhāsya. In: Logic in early classical India (Motilal Banarsidass, edited by Brendan Gillon), pp. 167–182.

2009 (refereed) (with Sara Mondini, Eva Kehayia, Giorgio Arcara and Gonia Jerema) Lexical access of mass and count nouns: How word recognition reaction times correlate with lexical and morphosyntactic processing. The Mental Lexicon: v. 4, n. 3, pp. 354–379.

2009 (invited) Introduction to ‘The syntax-semantics interface and the origins of philosophy’ by J. Lambek. The Mental Lexicon: v. 4, n. 1, pp. 147–149.

2009 (refereed) Tagging classical Sanskrit compounds. In: Proceedings of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics: Third International Symposium, Hyderabad, India, January 15–17, 2009 (Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence v. 5406, edited by Amba Kulkarni and G´erard Huet), pp. 98–106.

2009 Obversion and contraposition in the Nyāyabhāsya. In: Logic in early classical India (Motilal Banarsidass, edited by Brendan Gillon), pp. 167–182.

2008 (invited) The role of knowledge of causation in Dharmakīrti’s theory of inference’. In: Buddhist Philosophy: Selected Primary Texts (Oxford University Press, edited by William Edelglass and Jay Garfield), pp. 286–300.

2008 (refereed) On the semantics/pragmatics distinction. Synthèse: v. 165 (2008), pp. 373–384.

2008 (refereed) (with Richard P. Hayes) Dharmakīrti on the role of causation in inference as presented in Pramānavārttika Svopajñavrtti 11-38. Journal of Indian Philosophy: v. 36, n. 1, pp. 335–404.

2008 (refereed) An early Buddhist text on logic: Fāng Bàn Xīn Lùn’. Argumentation: v. 22 , pp. 15–25.

2007 Dharmakīrti on inference from effect: a discussion of verse 12 and the svavr.tti of the Svārthānumāna chapter of the Pramānavārttika. (Invited) Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakīrti Conference, Vienna, August 23-27, 2005 (Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, edited by Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Eli Franco and Birgit Kellner, 2007).

2007 (refereed) Pānini’s Astādhyāyī and linguistic theory. Journal of Indian Philosophy: v. 35, pp. 445–468.

2006 (invited) Du sens littéral. Philosophiques: v. 33, n. 1, pp. 237–248.

2005 (invited) (with Benjamin Shaer) Classical Sanskrit, ‘wild trees’, and the properties of free word order languages. In: Classical languages and generative linguistics (John Benjamins, edited by Katalin Kiss), pp. 281–317.

2005 (invited) Semantic categorization. In: Handbook of categorization in cognitive science (Elsevier, edited by Henri Cohen and Claire Lefebvre), pp. 167–185.

2004 (invited) Ambiguity, indeterminacy, deixis and vagueness: evidence and theory. In: Semantics: a reader (Oxford University Press, edited by Steven Davis and Brendan Gillon), pp. 157–187.

2004 (refereed) Subject predicate order in Classical Sanskrit. In: Language and grammar: studies in mathematical linguistics and natural language (Center for the Study of Language and Information, edited by Philip Scott, Claudia Casadio and Robert Seely), pp. 211–225.

2003 (refereed) Nyāya-sūtra 5.1.2: anomalies in the bhāsya. Journal of Indian Philosophy: v. 31, pp. 47-60.

2001 (invited) Bhartrhari’s rule for unexpressed kārakas: The problem of control in Classical Sanskrit. In: Indian linguistic studies: festschrift in honour of George Cardona (Motilal Banarsidass, edited by M. Deshpande), pp. 93–111.

1999 (refereed) Another look at the Sanskrit particle eva. In: Studies in the Buddhist epistemological tradition, Proceedings of the Third International Dharmakīrti Conference, Hiroshima, 11-16 November, 1997 (Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, edited Shoryu Katsura, 1999), pp. 117–130.

1999 (refereed) Indefinite noun phrases and plurality in English. Current Research in the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface: v. 1, pp. 1–21.

1999 (refereed) (with Eva Kehayia and Vanessa Taler) The mass count distinction: evidence from psycholinguistic performance. Brain and Language: v.68, pp. 205–211.

1999 (refereed) The lexical semantics of English count and mass nouns. In: The breadth and depth of semantic lexicons (Kluwer, edited by E. Viegas, 1999), pp. 19–37.

1997 (refereed) Anaphora and some non-commutative uses of or. The Journal of Pragmatics: v. 28, pp. 373–381.

1997 (refereed) Contraposition and Lewis Carroll’s barber shop paradox. Dialogue: v. 36, n. 1, pp. 247–251.

1996 (refereed) Collectivity and distributivity internal to English noun phrases. Language Sciences: v. 18, n. 1-2, pp. 443–468.

1996 (refereed) Word order in Classical Sanskrit. Indian Linguistics: v. 57, n. 1, pp. 1–35.

1996 (refereed) The lexical semantics of English count and mass nouns. In: The breadth and depth of semantic lexicons. Workshop Proceedings of the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Santa Cruz, California (U. S. A.), 28th June, 1996,pp. 51–61.

1996 (refereed) Three theories of anaphora and a puzzle due to C. S. Peirce. In: Proceedings of the 10th Amsterdam Colloquium (Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam, edited by P. Dekker and M. Stokhof), pp. 283–298.

1996 (invited) Negative facts and knowledge of negative facts. In: Relativism, suffering and beyond Memorial volume for Bimal K. Matilal (Oxford University Press, edited by P. Bilimoria and J. N. Mohanty, 1996), pp.127–147.

1995 (refereed) Autonomy of word formation: evidence from Classical Sanskrit. Indian Linguistics: v. 56, n. 1-4, pp. 15–52.

1995 (refereed) Peirce’s challenge to material implication as a model of if. Analysis: v. 55, n. 4, pp. 280–282.

1995 (referred) (with Siniruddha Dash) Adjectives in Sanskrit. Brahmavidya (The Adyar Library Bulletin): v. 59, pp. 285–294.

1994 (refereed) Grammatical number and donkey anaphora in English. Revue quebecoise de linguistique: v. 23, n. 1, pp. 35–60.

1994 (refereed) On the semantic differences between mass nouns and count nouns. In: Parts and wholes: conceptual part-whole relations and formal mereology. Workshop Proceedings of the 11th, European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 1994, pp. 157–160.

1993 (refereed) Bhartr. hari’s solution to the problem of asamartha compounds. Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques: v. 47, n. 1, pp. 117–133.

1992 (referred) Towards a common semantics for English count and mass nouns. Linguistics and Philosophy: v. 15, n. 6, pp. 597–640.

1991 (refereed) (with Richard P. Hayes) Introduction to Dharmakīvrti’s theory of inference as presented in Pramānavārttika Svopajñavrtti 1-10 Journal of Indian Philosophy: v. 19, n. 1, pp. 1–73.

1991 (refereed) Dharmakīrti and the problem of induction. In: Studies in the Buddhist epistemological tradition Proceedings of the Second International Dharmakīrti Conference, Vienna, 11-16 June, 1989 (Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, edited Ernst Steinkell-ner, 1991), pp. 53–58.

1991 (refereed) Word order in the Svārthānumāna of Dharmakīrti’s Pramānavārttika. In: Studies in the Buddhist epistemological tradition Proceedings of the Second International Dharmakīrti Conference, Vienna, 11-16 June, 1989 (Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie derWissenschaften, edited Ernst Steinkellner, 1991), pp. 59–65.

1990 (refereed) Ambiguity, generality, and indeterminacy: tests and definitions. Synthèse: v. 85, n. 3, pp. 391–416.

1990 (refereed) Plural noun phrases and their readings: A reply to Lasersohn. Linguistics and Philosophy: v. 13, n. 4, pp. 477–485.

1990 (referred) Truth theoretical semantics and ambiguity. Analysis: v. 50, n. 3, pp. 178–182.

1989 (refereed) Bare plurals as plural indefinite noun phrases. In: Knowledge representation and defeasible reasoning (Dordrecht, D. Reidel Publishing, edited by Greg Carlson, Henry Kyburg and Ron Loui, 1989), pp. 139–191.

1987 (refereed) The readings of plural noun phrases (in English). Linguistics and Philosophy: v. 10, n. 2, pp. 199–220.

1987 (refereed) On two kinds of negation in Sanskrit. Lokaprajña: v. 1, n. 1, pp. 85–99.

1986 (refereed) Dharmakīrti and his theory of inference. In: Buddhist Logic and Epistemology (D. Reidel Co., edited by Bimal K. Matilal and R. D. Evans, 1986), pp. 77–87.

1982 (refereed) (with Richard P. Hayes) The role of the particle eva in logical quantification in Sanskrit. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Sudasiens: v.26, pp. 195–203.

1980 (refereed) (with Martha Lyle Love) Indian logic revisited: Nyāyapraveśa reviewed. Journal of Indian Philosophy: v. 8, n. 4, pp. 349–384.

1977 (refereed) Introduction, translation, and discussion of Chao Chün-ch’ing’s Notes to the diagrams of short legs and long legs of squares and circles. Historia Mathematica: v. 4, n. 3 , pp. 253–293.


Articles in Working Papers

2003 (with Eva Kehayia, Lara Riente and Vanessa Taler) Computation of mass count in sentential context: a psycholinguistic study. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics 17, 55-64.

1996 Donkey anaphora and a puzzle due to C. S. Peirce. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics: v. 12, n. 1, pp. 53–60.

1994 (with Myrna Gopnik) Grammatical number in subjects with familial language impairment. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics: v. 10, n. 1-2, pp. 41–49.

1990 Sanskrit word formation and context free rules. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics: v. 11, n. 2, pp. 15–45.

Articles in Encyclopedias

Forthcoming (with Richard P. Hayes) A summary of Dharmakīrti’s Pramānavārttikasvavrtti. In: The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophy (Princeton University Press, edited by Karl Potter).

Forthcoming  A summary of Dharmakīrti’s Nyāya-bindu. In: The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophy (Princeton University Press, edited by Karl Potter).

2005 (invited) Plurals. In: Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Macmillan Publishing Co.)

2005 (invited) Logic and inference in Indian philosophy. In: Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Macmillan Publishing Co.)

1997 (invited) Negative facts in Classical Indian philosophy. In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, v. 6, pp. 755–759. (Routledge Limited, edited by Edward Craig).

1997 (invited) Indian theories of inference. In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, v. 4, pp. 759–766. (Routledge Limited, edited by Edward Craig).